Wednesday 30 March 2011


Moussa Koussa, the current NWO favourite 
to handle Libya to their satisfaction perhaps? 
He certainly has the creds.
Gaddafi aide arrives as UK expels five diplomats
By Donald Macintyre in Tripoli

Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa arrived in Britain on Wednesday to seek refuge after quitting the government in protest against leader Moammar Gadhafi's attacks on civilians. 

"He has told us that he is resigning his post. We are discussing this with him and we will release further detail in due course," a British Foreign Office spokesman said, adding that "his role was to represent the regime internationally ~ something that he is no longer willing to do."

British officials urged Gadhafi's other supporters to desert him. 

"We encourage those around Gadhafi to abandon him and embrace a better future for Libya that allows political transition and real reform that meets the aspirations of the Libyan people," the Foreign Office statement said, indicating that discussions with Koussa would be ongoing. 

Noman Benotman, a friend and senior analyst at Britain's Quilliam think tank, said Koussa "wasn't happy at all. He doesn't support the government attacks on civilians." 

"He's seeking refuge in Britain and hopes he will be treated well," Benotman said.

Koussa was one of Gadhafi's closest allies and the architect of a dramatic shift in Libya's foreign policy that brought the country back to the international community after years of sanctions.

Tunisia's TAP news agency earlier Wednesday said he had taken off from the Tunisian airport of Djerba for London. 

Libyan airspace has been closed to all aircraft since the enforcement of a United Nations mandated no fly zone earlier this month. 

Koussa served as intelligence chief for 20-plus years before Gadhafi elevated him to his current post in 2009. He had a reputation as a ruthless and bloody loyalist to Gadhafi. 

Koussa was known as Gadhafi’s “envoy of death” during the 1980s, when his intelligence service was working with other terrorist groups ~ including Abu Nidal and the Irish Republican Army ~ and engaging in assassination attempts against Libyan dissidents around the world, some of which were successful. The British Foreign Office expelled him from the Libyan embassy in London in 1980 after he approved the killing of two U.K.-based dissidents. 

But in later years, as Libya turned back toward the West, he was seen as having been instrumental in helping the CIA fight al-Qaida and unravel the A.Q. Khan nuclear smuggling network. 

In the current conflict, there were indications that Kusa served as a “back channel” that the West and United Nations used in talking with the beleaguered Libyan government. 

About 64 years old, Kusa is well-educated, having received a master’s degree in sociology from Michigan State University in 1978. Well-dressed and familiar with the American idiom, he is far removed from his boss’s reputation as a bizarre ~ perhaps unstable ~ figure.  

NBC News' Robert Windrem contributed to this report from Reuters.



Gaddafi aide arrives as UK expels five diplomats
By Donald Macintyre in Tripoli
31 March 2011


Moussa Koussa ~ the former leader of the intelligence service in Libya ~ was dismissed from Britain in 1980 for saying the regime intended to kill Libyan dissidents

Moussa Koussa, one of the most pivotal figures in Muammar Gaddafi's embattled regime, arrived in London last night after sensationally defecting and resigning his post as Libya's foreign minister. 

The loss of the man who had run Libya's feared intelligence service, was a key architect of Libya's six-year-long rapprochement with the West and was often regarded ~ at least until last year ~ as the most influential government member outside the ruling family, is a serious blow to the Libyan leader. 

The Foreign Office confirmed last night that Mr Koussa, who slipped into Tunisia at the beginning of the week on what was described as a "private visit" and reportedly left Tunis for Britain on a Swiss flight, was "no longer willing" to represent the Gaddafi regime. 

The defection of the partly US-educated Mr Koussa, who is in his early sixties, cracks open the solidarity of a Libyan ruling elite which had largely held together since a cluster of political and military defections early in the crisis. 

And it is a significant psychological boost for rebel groups in eastern Libya still reeling from the military reverse in the past 48 hours of the westwards advance they had earlier achieved in large part because of the coalition bombardment of pro-Gaddafi forces. 

It follows a determined effort by the Libyan government to damp down speculation 24 hours earlier that Mr Koussa's trip presaged a defection. Khaled Kaim, one of Mr Koussa's two deputies, insisted to reporters on Tuesday evening that Mr Koussa was on "government business" and that he would be meeting his boss "shortly". 

Mr Koussa's flight to Farnborough Airport came at the end of a day which had seen the expulsion of five Libyan diplomats from London because of fears that they were involved in plots to assassinate Libyan opposition leaders in London. Police and security services received intelligence that the Gaddafi regime had passed on orders through the Libyan embassy in Tunisia that prominent opponents of the regime should be "taken out" in London and Qatar. 

The men, who include the military, cultural and finance attachés, were also alleged to have been involved in organizing and supporting pro-Gaddafi factions in Britain. They are thought to have been under surveillance by MI5 for some time. 

Downing Street said the expelled diplomats had "a very strong allegiance to the Gaddafi regime" and were known to have been "putting pressure on Libyan opposition and student groups in the UK". Each has a week to leave the country or lose their diplomatic immunity. A Foreign Office source said they were expected to travel to Tunisia. 

Mr Koussa was expelled from Britain in 1980, when he was Tripoli's ambassador to London, for making clear the regime intended the assassination of two exiled Libyan dissidents living in the UK. But having been held by many Western intelligence officials as ultimately responsible for the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, he became the regime's main contact man in the talks which led to Libya, accepting responsibility for the bombing, paying large-scale compensation to its victims, and dismantling the country's nascent programme of Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

It was those talks that led to Tony Blair's famous "deal in the desert" with Colonel Gaddafi and opened the way to ending the now-resumed pariah status in which the country had been held. 

On 18 March, the day after the UN Security Council vote sanctioning the international no-fly zone over Libya, Mr Koussa, who in the past acted as a mentor to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the Libyan's leader's second son, and in the past was seen as a reformist, appeared uncomfortable when he issued a statement promising a ceasefire, which was not in fact realised, and refused to answer questions. 

The move follows the suggestion by Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, that some senior Libyan officials had been "reaching out" to the West in an apparent search for a possible exit strategy or end to hostilities. 

There was no immediate reaction from officials in Tripoli last night. Mr Kaim could not be reached for comment and Mousa Ibrahim, currently acting as the regime's foreign press spokesman, was locked in consultations in a room in the Rixos Hotel where most reporters are staying. A colleague said that a statement would be issued later.


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